Economic Update February 2017 - Tough on Trade

by Josh Miszk Last updated on March 02, 2017

Global Indices in February

Global markets were relatively flat with investors still undecided on whether to embrace growth in major markets or worry about state impact. Political uncertainty has marred the potential boost from positive global corporate earnings.

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*Equity Indices - FTSE Global Indices in CAD, Bonds - Barclays Global Aggregate Canadian Float Adjusted Board Index

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Economic Update January 2017: Clarity in Fundamentals During a Time of Uncertainty

by Josh Miszk Last updated on February 01, 2017

It seems as though the first thing on everyone's mind when thinking about January 2017 is the inauguration of Donald Trump and the effect his first few weeks in office have already made globally. Trump's 17 executive orders have stirred reactions which have lifted the Dow Jones Index past 20,000 for the first time, and have simultaneously launched more protests in two weeks than it seems possible to count. Where will this new source of volatility lead us, and what does the resulting unpredictability really mean for your portfolio?

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Why Should I Care About CRM2?

by Invisor Last updated on January 11, 2017

Last year, regulators announced the Client Relationship Model - Version 2 (CRM2), which included a key requirement that financial advisors explicitly disclose all investment fees charged to clients. The regulation, which went into force in July 2016, is required to be implemented by all financial advisors by January 2017. 

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Invisor | 2016 Year In Review

by Josh Miszk Last updated on January 06, 2017

2016 was a year shaped by surprises and drastic changes in sentiment. How investors feel about the economy is what’s reflected in prices. While major equity markets had a generally positive 2016 – driven by strong US economic data and improving conditions in Europe – there was a lot of global negativity for equities going into the year, fueled by China’s slowing economy, dropping oil prices, and geo-political uncertainty. Investors had more cash parked on the sidelines than ever before. However, major equity markets had a positive 2016 climbing the walls of worry, mainly driven by strong economic data out of the US (jobs, in particular) and improving economic conditions in Europe.

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Introducing Invisor@Work - A New Group Retirement Savings Program

by Pramod Udiaver Last updated on December 21, 2016

How well do you think you’re investing the savings from your employer-provided group RRSP savings program?

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Invisor | Economic Update - November 2016

by Pramod Udiaver Last updated on November 30, 2016

Trumponomics

With the US election results now behind us, many economic forecasters have been using their crystal balls to figure out what Trumponomics would mean to the US and the global economy. Prior to the election markets had a negative view of the proposed Trump economic policies, but views seem to have since changed. Most equity markets reached all-time highs and bond yields increased on the expectation that the proposed tax cuts and infrastructure spending would increase government debt, inflation and borrowing costs, while in the long term, these policies and deregulation would increase economic growth.

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An Open Letter To Our Clients: How Does President Trump Impact Your Portfolio?

by Josh Miszk Last updated on November 10, 2016
The morning after the election, investors were understandably uncertain. We sent the following note to our clients to address any concerns:

After the polls called for a 70-90% likelihood of a Clinton victory, the world is surprised, to say the least. Investors don't like surprises, and the uncertainty that a Trump presidency brings is a recipe for amplified volatility. The market's reaction yesterday morning reeled back from the immediate knee-jerk reaction, but it paves the way for further volatility in the coming months. There are a few key changes we think will influence global markets. 

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Invisor | Economic Update - October 2016

by Josh Miszk Last updated on November 02, 2016

US federal elections are a week away and that means everyone’s favourite reality TV show is coming to an end. While the spotlight will shift away from American politics, we think US policy will still hold the attention of global markets. This month, we’ll take a look at the Canadian economic outlook, US election and interest rate decisions, and major global political threats.

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Invisor | Q3 2016 Market Update

by Josh Miszk Last updated on October 05, 2016

This month, we take a look at how markets performed in Q3, and where they stand going into the final quarter of 2016. 

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Invisor Economic Update August 2016 | Making The Market Great Again

by Josh Miszk Last updated on August 31, 2016

Last month, the U.S. stock market extended a two-month rally into August and hit an all-time high. Optimism surrounding corporate earnings has converted more investors back into the "risk-on" camp, guiding assets into emerging markets and back into a post-Brexit Europe.

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